Here is the blurb on Amazon:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
The premise of this novel is very Hunger Games meets Divergent. There is no doubt about that. However, I do think that the story has its own originality to it that makes it stand on its own. They are all dystopian, which can make them seem alike to those readers who aren’t willing to give Legend a break for not being the first popular dystopia out of the gate. So to begin with, give it a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
The story is written in two parts. The first part starts off very timid, and honestly continues to be timid up until the very end of it. I got a little nervous throughout the first half that I was wasting my time. It just seemed like Marie Lu was trying to create these two badass characters, but never had the nerve to just take that leap. But then at the end of the first half, it happened. My favorite part of a book is that moment when you know you’re now in for the long haul. SHIT JUST GOT REAL. So, if you find yourself starting to give up in the beginning, just know the timidness of Day and June serves a purpose.
The novel is written from the perspective of both June and Day, alternating narratives between chapters. I love reading books that give more than one perspective, because following the same person for a whole novel can be pretty boring at times. However, the downside to multiple narratives is the writer has half the time to develop the characters. (Unless of course they are George R.R. Martin have plenty of time to develop multiple narratives because their books are 1,000,000,000 pages long)
All in all I think that Marie did a pretty good job to developing the two into their own people. The only thing that I struggled with is that you really expect Day to be a “Jace” (TMI) kind of character (which I think may have been the intent) but really, he is totally a “Peeta” (THG), with all of his ‘feelings’ and stuff.
Also, lets just say that the Amazon blurb is taking some serious liberties for trying to sell this novel as “moving” with all of its romance. I wouldn’t even describe this book as the least bit romantic, and I am not sure it is supposed to be. Yeah, there is a love interest thrown in there, but it is not even close to the more important themes in the novel. If your expecting to get Twilight level infatuation from it, your going to be let down.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people try to sell books by the ‘romance’ in them. I feel genuinely sad for the people who have never read The Hunger Games books but have seen the movie and go on about the love triangle. THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE. She doesn’t like EITHER OF THEM. But how do you explain that to someone who thinks that the romance is the core of the story? Ugh. JUST STOP.
For a first novel in a series, I think it set-up for the next two well. I love the concept and am excited to get started on Prodigy later today. Thank you Amazon for letting me buy books I can read instantly so I never have to leave home 🙂 I am hoping that some some of my questions get answered and we get to find out more about Day’s past, since it goes fairly unexplained in Legend. I tend to like the second books in series more than the first, so we shall see!